[ en-ee-hou ]
/ ˈɛn iˌhaʊ /


in any way whatever.
in any case; at all events.
in a careless manner; haphazardly.

Origin of anyhow

First recorded in 1730–40; any + how1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anyhow


/ (ˈɛnɪˌhaʊ) /


in any case; at any rate
in any manner or by any means whatever
in a haphazard manner; carelessly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anyhow



1740, from any + how (adv.). Unlike the cases of most other any + (interrogative) compounds, there is no record of it in Old or Middle English. Emphatic form any old how is recorded from 1900, American English.

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